Post # 1
I’m in love with the idea of a photo booth, and I thought Fiance (techie) knew what he was going to do to set it up, but once we talked in detail about it, there’s issues:
1. i thought there could be a ‘remote,’ so the partiers would be able to take their own photo. apparently, this isn’t really the case, so it would have to be ‘manned,’ and i don’t want anyone to have to babysit it.
2. i wasn’t keen on printing the photos there (more stuff to break, mess up, need technical assistance), so we were just going to upload them to a website people could print from later.
3. my reception venue is a ballroom in a restaurant. they aren’t going to let me attach a backdrop to the walls and probably won’t be too keen on me dragging in stuff. i’m worried they will make me get contract with an insured photobooth provider.
4. it’s starting to seem like in order to make it feasible, we lose all the ‘photobooth’ qualities.
5. we are paying a pretty penny to have an award-winning photojournalist, so what’s the point?
argh. any advice?
Post # 3
- You can get a remote for alot of cameras these day, not sure how much they are, but I have one for mine (it came with it)
- I like that idea.
- You can make a backdrop holder out of PVC pipe, we made one for my mom who is a photographer and it was easy.
- I think its totally feasible if it’s something you really want
- totally different styles, I love the candids that I have seen come out of some that I have seen.
My favorites right now are the ones using fake walls with frames cut out, easy and a totally cool idea.
Post # 4
@tksjewelry: thanks for the encouragement. i love the fake wall thing too, but i can just see the look on the venue manager’s face now! i’m just dreading taking anything in too large to set up. she already told me decorating the room is usually left to the florist, with me leaving a list of things (like seating cards) at the venue for them to set up. she’s also made a point to tell me every vendor needs to be insured, blah blah blah.
don’t get me wrong, love the vendor and the manager, but they don’t have the most flexibility.
Post # 5
There was a DIY photobooth thread a few days ago and I posted our photobooth details there. Dont mind the copy and paste…
FI’s a big Mac (not the burger, the computer) guy so we’re going to run the photobooth application on our mac mini and set it up with an iSight camera and the LCD TV that we have in our bedroom (lived here for almost 3 years and its never been turned on!). The image will be projected on the TV and our guests will be able to control the camera with a remote. We will also give them an option to record a short video if they want to.
My Future Father-In-Law is super handy so he’s going to build us the actual photo-booth (think the rented ones only more personalized) and we’re going to have everything set up in there. We’re going to wallpaper the inside so the pictures have a cute background (I’m leaning towards a subtle damask pattern).
Instead of using a traditional guestbook, which I’m not a big fan of, we’re going to go the chalk board thought bubble route and have our guests write their “guestbook” entries on the thought bubbles and take pictures with them. We’re also going to get a bunch of props from etsy and the $ store for our guests to use for the photo-booth during the reception (cocktail hour will be strictly “guestbook”).
After our wedding we will upload all of our guests pictures to our wedding website and they will have the option to print or save them to their own computer. We’re also going to incorporate those pictures into our wedding day photo-book that I will make after we get our pro pics back.
We’re both really excited for this. We’ve never been to a wedding with a photo-booth (and we’ve been to alot of weddings) so I think our guests will really enjoy it.
ETA: I forgot to mention the best part! This whole thing is going to cost us roughly $100! We already have all of the electronics needed to do this. My Future Father-In-Law is building the photo-booth and even though we are of course going to offer to pay for the supplies, he won’t take our money. So in the end, we will end up having to just buy the props, accessories (I want to put a funky mirror on the outside so people can check themselves out before stepping in) and the wallpaper. SCORE!
Post # 6
@UpstateCait: this is basically what i was planning on doing. except the build a booth part.
thanks for the tips. googling more successfully!